Sepang Eight-Hours added to World Endurance calendar| WorldSBK staff | World News
A new eight-hour race at Sepang has been added to the forthcoming FIM World Endurance calendar.
An innovative format at the Malaysian track lays the foundation for the first-ever double-header event in Asian motorsport, with two major car and motorcycle races taking place over a single weekend: the Eight-Hours of Sepang on Saturday 14 December 2019 and the season finale of the FIA WTCR/OSCARO on Sunday 15 December.
And the Suzuka Eight-Hours, traditionally held on the last weekend of July, will be brought forward one week so it fits in with the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“The Coca-Cola Suzuka Eight-Hours Endurance Race has a long 42-year history,” explains Kaoru Tanaka, the new President of Mobilityland.
“It has recently been established as the final round of the FIM Endurance World Championship, and is traditionally held on the last Sunday of July. For 2020, we decided to bring the event forward so it precedes the fanfare of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Now scheduled for July 19th, the race will have the eyes of the world on Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. Come join us for a sizzling season final in July 2020.”
The provisional 2019-2020 FIM EWC calendar features five races:
21/22 September 2019 - Bol d’Or (24h-race) / Le Castellet – France
14 December 2019 * – 8 Hours of Sepang / Malaysia
18/19 April 2020 - 24 Heures Motos / Le Mans – France
6 June 2020 * - 8 Hours of Oschersleben / Germany
19 July 2020 – Suzuka 8 Hours / Japan
* Race held on the Saturday